Thu December 1, 2022

The following statement can be attributed to Matt Seaholm, President and CEO of the PLASTICS Industry Association, in response to the “Protecting Communities from Plastics” legislation introduced today by Members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate:

“I’m disappointed but not surprised by the continued hyperbole contained in this legislation which only causes divisiveness in the efforts to come to real solutions to the environmental challenges we face.

“We are happy to work with any Member of Congress to achieve solutions but a press release and legislation like this takes us in the wrong direction, will destroy an American industry, the communities they claim to care about, and send manufacturing jobs overseas.

“In their rush to demagogue, the authors of this bill fail to recognize that plastic is essential to society. Plastic keeps us safe, keeps us healthy, guarantees the stability, viability and sustainability of that which it protects and is vital to our daily lives.”

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